Duke Energy looks to power up on pig poo

•May 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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https://www.rt.com/business/344334-duke-energy-pig-poop/

US power company Duke Energy plans to buy methane gas produced from pig manure to power about nine hundred homes.

The company will buy the methane from pig farms in North Carolina. The collected gas will be treated and sent to two of Duke’s power stations through a pipeline system.

Duke Energy says it aims to generate 0.2 percent of its power from pig waste by 2021.

“That sounds like a very small fraction, but we’re talking about a relatively new technology here,” said company spokesperson Randy Wheeless, adding that the technology and the cost would come down and such projects would become more of a mainstream source of power.

The new facility will be constructed and operated by Duke’s partner Optima KV, and begin operations by next summer.

Duke’s new pig waste-to-energy project will employ digester technology installed at pig farms. Digesters hold waste in heated airtight tanks, which creates the perfect growing conditions for bacteria which consume the manure and release methane gas.

The new facility will be constructed and operated by Duke’s partner Optima KV, and begin operations by next summer.

Duke’s new pig waste-to-energy project will employ digester technology installed at pig farms. Digesters hold waste in heated airtight tanks, which creates the perfect growing conditions for bacteria which consume the manure and release methane gas.

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yay for poo..we are saved..no more fossil fuels..poo will save the planet!

“Duke Energy says it aims to generate 0.2 percent of its power from pig waste by 2021.”

*snort

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China to send nuclear-armed submarines into the Pacific

•May 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/china-to-send-nuclear-armed-submarines-into-pacific-amid-tensions-with-us/ar-BBtv51l?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=iehp

The Chinese military is poised to send submarines armed with nuclear missiles into the Pacific Ocean for the first time, arguing that new US weapons systems have so undermined Beijing’s existing deterrent force that it has been left with no alternative.

Chinese military officials are not commenting on the timing of a maiden patrol, but insist the move is inevitable.

They point to plans unveiled in March to station the US Thaad anti-ballistic system in South Korea, and the development of hypersonic glide missiles potentially capable of hitting China less than an hour after launch, as huge threats to the effectives of its land-based deterrent force.

A recent Pentagon report to Congress predicted that “China will probably conduct its first nuclear deterrence patrol sometime in 2016”, though top US officers have made such predictions before.

China has been working on ballistic missile submarine technology for more than three decades, but actual deployment has been put off by technical failures, institutional rivalry and policy decisions.

Until now, Beijing has pursued a cautious deterrence policy, declaring it would never be the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict and storing its warheads and its missiles separately, both strictly under the control of the top leadership.

Deploying nuclear-armed submarines would have far-reaching implications.

Warheads and missiles would be put together and handed over to the navy, allowing a nuclear weapon to be launched much faster if such a decision was taken. The start of Chinese missile patrols could further destabilise the already tense strategic standoff with the US in the South China Sea.

Last Tuesday, a US spy plane and two Chinese fighter jets came close to colliding 50 miles of Hainan island, where China’s four Jin-Class ballistic missile submarines are based. A fifth is under construction.

The two countries’ navies have also come uncomfortably close around disputed islands in the same region, and the chance of a clash will be heightened by cat-and-mouse submarine operations, according to Wu Riqiang, an associate professor at the School of International Studies at the Renmin University in Beijing.

“Because China’s SSBNs [nuclear missile submarines] are in the South China Sea, the US navy will try to send spy ships in there and get close to the SSBNs. China’s navy hates that and will try to push them away,” Wu said.

The primary reason Chinese military officials give for the move towards a sea-based deterrent is the expansion of US missile defence, which Moscow also claims is disturbing the global strategic balance and potentially stoking a new arms race.

The decision to deploy Thaad anti-ballistic interceptors in South Korea was taken after North Korea’s fourth nuclear test, and the stated mission of the truck-launched interceptors is to shield the south from missile attack.

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“China will probably conduct its first nuclear deterrence patrol sometime in 2016”, though top US officers have made such predictions before.”

the stakes keep getting raised..who blinks first?

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Gorbachev officially barred from Ukraine over Crimea comments

•May 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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https://www.rt.com/news/344499-gorbachev-ukraine-barred-crimea/

The former Soviet leader has been forbidden from entering Ukraine, following an interview with the Sunday Times in which he supported Crimea’s secession.

“For the public support of Crimea’s annexation, Mikhail Gorbachev has been banned from entering Ukraine for five years,” said a statement on the official Twitter feed of Ukraine’s security agency SBU, ending several days of public debate about the move.

When questioned about the decision, 85-year-old Gorbachev refused to make a statement, saying: “It’s up to the journalists to comment” on what has happened. Earlier this week, Gorbachev said he “doesn’t visit Ukraine, and has no plans to do so,” and insisted he “will not be dragged down into political squabbles.”

“I’m always with the free will of the people and most in Crimea wanted to be reunited with Russia,” Gorbachev told the Sunday Times over the weekend, in reference to the events of April 2014, when its population had a referendum and voted to join Russia.

While Gorbachev was generally critical of Vladimir Putin during the lengthy interview, he said he would have also accepted Crimea into Russia if he had been in the Kremlin at the time.

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freedom of speech as long as we agree with the speech..

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Oil hits $50 for first time in seven months

•May 30, 2016 • 2 Comments

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https://www.rt.com/business/344425-oil-prices-rise-50/

Brent crude topped $50 a barrel for first time this year as US stockpiles dropped more than expected, supply outages continued and the dollar weakened. Analysts are cautious about a further rise, as US producers could return, bringing the rally to an end.

As of 9am GMT, Brent was trading at $50.18 per barrel, while West Texas Intermediate was approaching the psychological barrier at $49.91.

“Geopolitical issues in West Africa and the Middle East, supply outages, increased demand and maybe a touch of a weaker dollar have all helped push prices higher,” Jonathan Barratt, chief investment officer at Sydney’s Ayers Alliance told Reuters.

American crude reserves dropped by 4.2 million barrels to 537.1 million barrels as of May 20, which is the biggest weekly decline in almost two months, the US Energy Information Administration reported on Wednesday. Analysts, polled by Reuters had predicted a 2.5 million barrels downfall.

Wildfires in Canada are reported to have slashed a quarter of the country’s oil production by about 1 million barrels per day in May. Militant activity has cut output in Nigeria to less than 1.4 million barrels per day, or about 40 percent.

However, Barratt predicted that rally wouldn’t continue, as prices will reach a level that will bring US shale oil output back to the market.

Citi shares his view. “The return of US oil production on the back of higher oil prices, cost deflation across the sector, and Saudi Arabia’s intentions to raise crude production and exports are headwinds to a price rally,” the bank told the Financial Times.

Analysts are also worried that this rally could repeat last year, when prices actively grew from January to May before collapsing again.

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some countries are breathing a huge sigh of relief..

“Barratt predicted that rally wouldn’t continue, as prices will reach a level that will bring US shale oil output back to the market.”

the elephant in the room..

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Greece bailout: IMF queries eurozone debt relief deal

•May 30, 2016 • 1 Comment

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36382973

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has announced it is not yet ready to join the EU’s new bailout for Greece, saying it needs further details.

A senior IMF official told reporters in Washington that EU creditors had yet to specify what debt relief measures they planned to take.

Earlier, eurozone finance ministers agreed on debt relief for Greece.

They had long been at odds over the issue, with Germany in particular opposed to forgiving debt.

As a result of that agreement in Brussels, the ministers agreed with Greece to unlock a further 10.3bn euros ($11.5bn; £7.8bn) in loans.

Athens needs this tranche of cash to meet debt repayments due in July.

The Greek government owes its creditors more than €300bn – about 180% of its annual economic output (GDP).

Debt relief is considered by the IMF to be essential for Greece. A third bailout, worth €86bn, was agreed last year.

The IMF required a “clear, detailed Greek debt restructuring plan” before it could approve the bailout, the senior official was quoted as saying by The Wall Street Journal.

“Greece is in a situation where it needs a disbursement, and so we were certainly willing to concede on some points,” the official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.

“But we have not conceded on the point that we need adequate assurances regarding debt relief before we go to our board.”

According to a Greek Public TV correspondent, the official added: “We certainly believe that we are making progress because debt relief is on the agenda – all stakeholders recognise that debt is highly unsustainable.”

After marathon talks in Brussels, the 19 eurozone ministers said a deal had been made possible by Greece’s economic reforms and called it a “breakthrough”.

The debt relief they agreed on refers to extending the repayment period and capping interest rates.

As a condition of the deal, the Greek parliament had passed new budget cuts and tax rises at the weekend.

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yeah greece still isnt fixed..not by a long shot..

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Images 29/5/16

•May 29, 2016 • 9 Comments

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reality..

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i love being told how insignificant i am..:)

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many coincidences..

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sunday humour..

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“Basically, I estimate that about seventy percent of the present crisis on this planet can be fairly attributed to the machinations of Neanderthal-Semitic elements of the human population against the Cro-Magnon majority.”  — Michael Bradley, Esau’s Empire

research that if you want a deep rabbit hole..

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my favorite picture of the week..buffoons..leaders at the recent paris climate conference..

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JT..

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whats in the background miley?

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how it works..how everything works..

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bizarre bizaar..

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bieber..gee its monotonous..

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Foxconn replaces 60,000 humans with robots in China

•May 27, 2016 • 10 Comments

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http://www.marketwatch.com/story/foxconn-replaces-60000-humans-with-robots-in-china-2016-05-25?link=sfmw_fb

The first wave of robots taking over human jobs is upon us.

Apple Inc. AAPL, supplier Foxconn Technology Co. 2354, has replaced 60,000 human workers with robots in a single factory, according to a report in the South China Morning Post, initially published over the weekend.

This is part of a massive reduction in headcount across the entire Kunshan region in China’s Jiangsu province, in which many Taiwanese manufacturers base their Chinese operations.

Roughly 600 companies are reportedly looking to reduce headcount with robots, as part of an effort to accelerate growth and reduce costs, according to the Chinese newspaper, which cited data from the Kunshan government. Last year, 35 Taiwanese companies, including Foxconn, spent a total of 4 billion yuan ($610 million) on artificial intelligence as part of this initiative, according to the report.

While developing AI does present higher upfront costs, machines are seen as more predictable and stable over the long term versus humans, potentially leading to personnel cost savings over the long term. With such high pressures placed on these manufacturers, which assemble much of the world’s consumer technology products and are often under strict deadlines, it also alleviates some of the ethical issues that arise when working people too hard for too long to meet demand.

Foxconn has been criticized for years for inadequate working conditions, which led to a string of suicides at its manufacturing facilities a few years ago. Foxconn employees have complained of being overworked, sleeping in less-than-ideal dormitory conditions, and not being paid fairly. The company has worked to improve conditions recently, but it did not immediately respond to MarketWatch for a comment about its investments in AI and plans to replace staff with robots.

The trend of replacing humans with more efficient robots is not confined to China.

As of February, there were more than 260,000 robots working in U.S. factories, according to industry trade group Robotic Industries Association. A total of 31,464 robots, valued at a combined $1.8 billion, were ordered from North American companies in 2015, a 14% increase in units.

Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, is one such U.S. company that has been increasingly employing robots, with thousands shuffling around and sorting items in its fulfillment centers. Auto manufacturers have used robots to assemble cars in the U.S. for years.

At the moment, robots are expected to be used for lower-paying jobs that require less sophisticated skills, such as product assembly. But they are increasingly targeting more sophisticated and social roles that require customer service skills.

SoftBank Group’s  humanoid consumer robot Pepper was rolled out to several Chinese retail stores over the last year. This week, Pepper also got a job at Pizza Hut, with the pizza chain unleashing the robot at certain stores in Asia to take customer in-store orders.

More sophisticated robots are also being developed, though they may face a tougher road to acceptance, given the higher-paid human jobs they threaten.

A robot that could serve many of the same functions as an anesthesiologist, for example, was discontinued in the U.S. after one year due to poor sales. The light demand might be attributed to immense backlash from the American Society of Anesthesiologists, which supports human doctors.

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uh huh..

brave new world..

“As of February, there were more than 260,000 robots working in U.S. factories, according to industry trade group Robotic Industries Association. A total of 31,464 robots, valued at a combined $1.8 billion, were ordered from North American companies in 2015, a 14% increase in units.”

get used to it..

and it wont be just the lower rung slave jobs they take..

“At the moment, robots are expected to be used for lower-paying jobs that require less sophisticated skills, such as product assembly. But they are increasingly targeting more sophisticated and social roles that require customer service skills.”

foxconn know the robots wont jump out of the buildings in fury at their conditions and lifestyle..

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